SURG 512: Global Disability– A Surgical Care Mandate

In this online graduate course, students will critique current models of addressing the fact that globally, one billion people live with a disability of whom 80% live in resource limited settings which further compounds the family and public burden and discuss frameworks for moving forward.

Credits: 3

Discussion focuses on frameworks for advocacy and alleviating the global burden of surgical disability.

Upon successful completion of this course learners will have:

  • an understanding of the global status of impairment and disability due to unmet surgical need
  • a familiarity with the international conventions and policy documents of the United Nations and World Health Organization with reference to surgical implications in health and disability
  • the ability to outline the spectrum of involvement of surgical activities in preventing and treating disabling impairments
  • the ability to explain the need for workforce capacity building and infrastructure enhancement to meet the need
  • the ability to discuss proven strategies in overcoming the barriers to effective surgical care of disabling conditions
  • the ability to elaborate on some of the ethical controversies and dilemmas in meeting a service need in the context of limited available resources

What our students have to say:

“[The instructors] have an enormous experience in global surgery and this gives them much credibility. I appreciated the numerous surgical areas that were addressed and the depth of each week’s teaching. It was the best class I have taken in the Global Surgical Care curriculum, by far.”

“I love the online discussions as it provides an opportunity to engage with my colleagues who are from diverse backgrounds/locations. It provided an amazing opportunity for networking and collaboration as well.”

“I have learned a lot from this course and it would be hard to list all the useful resources that we came across… Learning about disability from that perspective was very eye-opening for me. Not only will I be more aware of disabling impairment in the future, but as a surgeon, I will be able to provide better care for my patients knowing how my care can help with or even cause disability.”

“Great instructor, responded quickly to questions. Interesting contributions to discussion groups.”

“We learnt a lot of important topics relating to disability, I enjoyed the course. I felt the instructors increased discussion responses with their timely responses and questions keeping the group engaged.”

“Great exposure to disability in LMICs and surgical role. Feel like I learned a lot about disability and its scope in general and now further understand the definitions as well.”

“Really liked that in considering different aspects of disability many weeks one specific condition was highlighted– I thought that was quite an effective way to think about the topic.”

“Breaking down topics into disability–specific modules help add a clinical relevance and application to overarching themes in global disability care.”

“The instructor structured the course very well, with clear objectives and relevant content. There was a good engagement of the instructor in facilitating the class discussion. We received timely and constructive feedback.”
“[The instructor is] responsive, enthusiastic, and generous with [their] time. Went above and beyond in participation and teaching. Offered additional material. They are knowledgeable and bring a lot of personal, on–the–ground experience to global disability/global surgical care.

“[This course had an] interesting approach to an issue I wasn’t aware of before. Good modules, especially on community health.”